The end of the school year usually brings a lull to the prep sports world.
Unless you’re Dave Eichman, trying to fill not one, but two athletic director openings in Colorado Springs School District 11.
The D11 athletic director recently put the finishing touches on both as Andy Colgate took over for the retiring Dave Howard at Coronado, while former Discovery Canyon cross country and track coach Christina Miner was named AD at Palmer. She replaces Robert Framel, who left after 10 years to become superintendent at Kit Carson.
“Christina brings a lot of energy, and has the right personality and experience to this position,” Eichman said. “She has a varied background, which is a big plus. She’s much more than just a cross country and track coach. She has experience with teacher evaluations, and that’s one of the roles of an athletic director. She has a lot of experience.”
Meanwhile, Widefield School District 3 recently made a change when Mesa Ridge AD Mike Sullivan stepped down after eight years at the post. Former longtime Pueblo East baseball coach D.J. Latino accepted the position late last month.
Sullivan accepted the position of dean of students at Janitell Middle School, his previous employer before moving to Mesa Ridge.
At Janitell, Sullivan won’t work the crazy hours required of an AD.
“I’ll get to see my family more,” said Sullivan, whose daughter, Kylee, recently graduated from Cheyenne Mountain but he has a son who’s entering eighth grade. “That was a big motivating factor in my decision to step away from athletics.”